Senior Warrior QB Chris Rush

Rush Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Posted by The Tehachapi News on December 14, 2009

The South Sequoia League champion Warriors recently received news of a big Kern County individual honor for one of their athletes.

Quarterback Chris Rush, who is one of Tehachapi's top academic students with a 4.6 grade point average, parlayed his scholar athlete of the week honors in week nine of the football season to the Young-Woodridge Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The award is one of the most prestigious given to athletes in Kern County, and it marks the first time it has been given to a Tehachapi High student.

"Coach (Denman) called me and said I needed to go down to Bakersfield to receive the award, it was a shock," said Rush. "Playing sports can really demand a lot of your time and to be able to get recognized for what I've done on the field as well as the classroom means a lot."

With the honor, Rush received a plaque of recognition from the Young-Wooldrige law firm and a traveling trophy that will be displayed at Tehachapi High until next football season.

On the field, Rush finished the year with a quarterback rating of 82, passing for 625 yards and nine touchdowns. He is also a member of many clubs, some of which include National Honor Society, California Scholatic Federation, Link Crew and an Associate Student Body class representative.

Rush has already received many multi-thousand dollar scholarship offers for college both academically and athletically, but will not decide on his next school until early next year.

"Some of the offers that have come in have been amazing," added Rush. "Just (last) week we had a school offer a four-year scholarship of $76,000. It's exciting and hopefully I'll find the college that's the best fit for me."

After graduation, Rush hopes to pursue football at the next level, majoring in Biological Science and possibly attend medical school.